East Asia pivotal in energy security

Izah Azahari

East Asia remains one of the world’s economic driving forces in ensuring energy security and accelerating the region’s energy transition to a low-carbon energy transition agenda.

Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein said this during the 13th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting Plus Three – People’s Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea – (AMEM+3) held virtually yesterday, under the chairmanship of Brunei Darussalam.

The minister thanked the Plus Three partners for supporting ASEAN’s regional initiatives towards accelerating energy transition and strengthening energy resilience through greater innovation and cooperation under the seven programme areas of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC).

This includes ASEAN Power Grid; Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline; Coal and Clean Coal Technology; Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Renewable Energy; Regional Energy Policy and Planning; and Civilian Nuclear Energy.

Held under the umbrella of the 39th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) and its associated meetings, AMEM+3 calls for a multilateral commitment and cooperation to ensure a stable energy supply and on enhanced measures for energy security and climate change in the east Asia region.

Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein during the 13th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting Plus Three. PHOTO: THE MINISTRY OF ENERGY

Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny chaired the meeting, with Vice Administrator at the National Energy Administration of the People’s Republic of China Ren Jingdong; State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Ejima Kiyoshi; and Deputy Minister of Energy and Resources at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Kyunsung Kang as co-chairs.

Deputy Minister of Energy Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw represented Brunei Darussalam as head of delegation to the meeting.

Energy ministers of ASEAN and Plus Three partners have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen partnerships and innovation to better manage today and future energy challenges in the region. Cooperation continues to be enhanced through various activities, such as capacity building programmes, joint research and publications, and demonstration projects.

The meeting deliberated and reported the activities under the AMEM+3 platform particularly in the areas of energy security, oil market and natural gas forum and business dialogue, renewable energy and energy efficiency and conservation, as well as clean energy roundtable dialogue.

The AMEM+3 annually brings together representatives from the 10 ASEAN member states and the Plus Three. The meeting acts as a channel to review the accomplishment of cooperation programmes from the year before, as well as consider and adopt the proposed Work Programme of the Senior Officials Meeting on Energy Plus Three (SOME+3) Fora 2021-2022 and the 18th AMEM+3 Joint Ministerial Statement.